Hideki Matsuyama had one of the best rounds in the history of the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio to win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Matsuyama had a -16 score but it was his final round that helped him to get on top as he was down by a few strokes heading into the last round.
Matsuyama had a two-stroke deficit heading into the last round. He had a 61 or a -9 during his final round to dominate the event and win with a five-stroke margin that he grew late in the round.
This marks the second time that Matsuyama has won a WGC event. The victory goes alongside his HSBC Champions title from this past fall. The WGC events have their own special meanings for getting up higher onto the World Golf Rankings totals.
His 61 during that final round tied the record for the course. Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal have all scored the same total on this course.
Final Round Highlights
During his final round, Hideki Matsuyama had birdies on the last three holes. He took the lead after the sixth hole with a birdie and held onto it for the rest of the day.
His round included an eagle on the second hole and then birdies on the third and sixth holes. The three consecutive birdies at the end of the event helped him to pull ahead and take home the victory.
Others who were close were unable to try and catch up. Zach Johnson finished the event with a -11 score and had a 68 during his last round. He has a bogey on the third hole and was unable to get any momentum going during the final nine.
Charley Hoffman, who had a -10 for the weekend, had a 66 on Sunday. There was a four-hole string during the second half of his round where he alternated between birdies and bogeys.
Matsuyama’s final round was by far the best of the event although one other person did have a round below 65. Scott Hend had a 63 during the third round. He felt to tenth place as he had a 73 during his final round.
Hideki Matsuyama earned $1.66 million for history and also earned 550 FedEx Cup points. He currently holds the third ranking on the World Golf Rankings and has become one of the top favorites to win the upcoming PGA Championship event.
In terms of the rankings, he has a 8.99 score. Jordan Spieth has a 9.05 for second. Dustin Johnson continues to dominate the top of the list as he has an average score of 11.23. This is all based on the year to date standings in terms of how individual golfers have been competing in a variety of events over the course of the year.
Zach Johnson earned $1.04 million for finishing in second and also earned 315 FedEx Cup points.
There were 76 golfers who made it through all four rounds of competition. About a third of them finished the weekend under par. Only twelve golfers finished with a score of -5 of better.